Students of Philosophy Association, Concordia University


SoPhiA documents (bylaws, minutes, financial reports, etc.)

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Philosophy Students Association is to represent the Concordia philosophy student body and to encourage and maintain student life on campus. It seeks to provide opportunities for each philosophy student wishing to participate in activities and programs that contribute to development as a member of the greater Concordia community.

The PSA organizes recreational and social gatherings complemented by activities of varying degrees of relevance to the study of philosophy. These events provide the ideal forum for interesting exchanges as well as both academic and social enjoyment over the course of a students experience on campus or elsewhere within the university community. The association also supports philosophy students as their deliberative body of representation amongst other groups at Concordia, including the Philosophy department, the University administration and other student groups (e.g. ASFA and CSU). Furthermore, the association endeavors to assist philosophy students in resolving quandaries related to academics; by providing insightful career related advising; and by acting as a front line – the first place a student turns to in need of help.

We seek to create an inspiring and enlightening environment for all students wanting to absorb the knowledge and wisdom that the study of philosophy has to offer. We value the opinions and thoughts of each and every student, and hope that our efforts can be guided by the philosophy student body to best serve the body of philosophy students.


Michaela Manson is president of SoPhiA. Using words only begging with “L”, her areas of philosophical interest are ladies (feminism), language, law, literature, logic, and long ago (ancients).

Sarah Kizuk is VP Academic of SoPhiA. Her interests include: 17th
Century Phil, Existentialism, Feminist theory, Anti-Racist Theory,18th
Century literature, Science Fiction and Vegan cooking (and eating!).

Jamiey Kelly is the VP External for Sophia. His academic interests are feminism, ethics and law. His other interests include karaoke, accordion, astrology, woodworking and traveling.

Ian Allan is VP Finance of SoPhiA. He is entering his fourth year of
studies, and his second at Concordia. His philosophical interests
range broadly, i.e. are ‘unfocused’. Otherwise he spends his time
learning about food, bicycles, and computers.

Trevor Mader is VP Social of SoPhiA. He is a 3rd year Honors PHIL student. Look for him in the library, if he’s not there, check the nearest pub. If there’s fresh snow on the ground, don’t bother looking for him, he’s down in Vermont riding knee deep through it. As it goes for philosophy… Nietzsche is deeply misunderstood.

Geneviève Dick is currently a Philosophy Honours Student at Concordia University. She was elected as VP Internal for the academic year 2010-2011 for SoPhiA. She is mostly interested in the history of philosophy.